A COVID Halloween
Big Sky keeps the spirit alive
Halloween was going to look different this year, that was no surprise.
Much of the annual Haunted Peaks Halloween festival went virtual last weekend. Instead of gathering in the Lone Peak Cinema, a curated HorrorFest playlist was made for viewers to access from home. Lone Peak Cinema is currently for sale as owners Scott and Sally Fisher, expecting their second child, listed the business for sale just as COVID hit.
The Pumpkin King and Queen Carving Competition also went online—contestants were asked to post a photo of their best pumpkin on the Facebook event page. Winners were chosen and announced Halloween morning.
Music-wise, Big Sky locals Chance Lenay, TAKEaCHANCE, and Jennifer Steele, Jenn-N-Juice, took to a virtual stage via Facebook Live and broadcasted from Blue Buddha Sushi.
The window display competition and geocache mystery were essentially business-as-usual. Black Diamond, a new retail store in the Town Center, presented the geocache mystery. Yappy Hour at the Rocks gave people and their pets a chance to dress up. Judges for this contest included Hiking Hounds MT and Alpine Dogs of Big Sky. Hiking Hounds and Alpine Dogs provided prizes for the second and third place dressed dogs and Big Sky Biscuits offered consolation treats.
Festivities at Morningstar Learning Center and Discovery Academy were also close to business-as-usual. At Morningstar, infants, toddlers and preschoolers donned costumes, played games and ate treats.
Discovery was able to continue their Historical Halloween tradition at the Big Sky Chapel. The theme of this year’s Historical Halloween was revolutionaries, or people who inspired change, and peacemakers.
Students grades K-8 wrote speeches, dressed up and presented to those inside the chapel and on Zoom. Students’ speeches were written in the first-person and told audience members who they were, their contributions to society, why they were considered a peacemaker and birth and death dates. Characters ranged from civil rights activists, founding fathers, environmental leaders and scientists.
“It’s really been interesting how they interpret revolutionary and equality,” Hannah Richardson, community outreach director with Discovery, said.